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###Prerequisites### First make sure you have cmake and git installed:

sudo apt-get install cmake git

You might also need gcc/g++ in case it's not already installed, along with some other libraries:

sudo apt-get install gcc g++ libx11-dev libxt-dev libxext-dev libgraphicsmagick1-dev libcv-dev libhighgui-dev

You need the raspberry pi userland libraries:

mkdir -p ~/git/raspberrypi
cd ~/git/raspberrypi
git clone https://github.com/raspberrypi/userland.git
cd userland

Build the raspicam library

mkdir -p ~/git
cd ~/git
git clone https://github.com/robidouille/robidouille.git
cd robidouille/raspicam_cv
mkdir objs

This will create:

  • libraspicamcv.a: A static raspberry cam library which provides an opencv like interface
  • libraspicamcv.so: A shared library of the above
  • raspicamtest: A small test app which uses the static library. Execute with ./raspicamtest. Press Esc to exit.

Using the static library

Add the include path


Link with the raspicamcv library

-L$(HOME)/git/robidouille/raspicam_cv -lraspicamcv

Link with the userland libraries:

-L$(HOME)/git/raspberrypi/userland/build/lib -lmmal_core -lmmal -l mmal_util -lvcos -lbcm_host

In your code add #include "RaspiCamCV.h" and replace:

  • CvCapture -> RaspiCamCvCapture
  • cvCreateCameraCapture -> raspiCamCvCreateCameraCapture
  • cvQueryFrame -> raspiCamCvQueryFrame
  • cvReleaseCapture -> raspiCamCvReleaseCapture
  • cvGetCaptureProperty -> raspiCamCvGetCaptureProperty

cvSetCaptureProperty does not currently work. Use the raspiCamCvCreateCameraCapture2 method to specify width, height, framerate, bitrate and monochrome settings.

Using the shared library

Example C# can be found here which made this.


RaspiCamCV.c/h is converted from camcv_vid0.c from Pierre Raufast, which in turn is based on RaspiVid.c.

More info


No rule to make target 'objs/RaspiCamControl.o'

If your userland library is in another directory than as specified above, you need to update the USERLAND_ROOT variable in the Makefile.

RaspiCamCV.c:38:16: fatal error: cv.h: No such file or directory

You didn't apt-get the suggested libraries at the top of this file

(RaspiCamTest:14072): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display

You need to run raspicamtest within an X server. Type startx first, open a terminal window, and launch raspicamtest from there.

raspicamtest causes the entire raspberry pi to crash

Your pi power supply may not be up to the task. Capturing images in a loop makes the pi work hard.